We had all remained good friends, but musically Hillel felt he was growing in their direction and they were having more success than What Is This.
In 1993, Eleven released their second record, which was self-titled. We began a stretch of touring that included opening for Soundgarden.
I finished the recordings I had started with Eleven. Matt Cameron joined for the rest of those sessions.
I began hearing rumors of apossible recording session with Neil Young. I was a huge fan of Neil's.
I began both auditioning with Pearl Jam and recording for Eleven. In the fall of 1994, I joined Pearl Jam.
After wrestling with myself for six months, I began medical treatment. During that time I started a band with some friends of mine called Jack's Car, but that didn't last.
I remember a tour where we played 50 cities in 56 days. We also went to Europe a couple of times.
I didn't get it in writing.
I could not finish the rest of the tours the band had planned. I was replaced by Matt Cameron. The next years of my life were about recovery, healing, and right living. I never lost the need to create.
The end of 1996 and beginning of 1997 brought a Pearl Jam European tour and the beginnings of preparation for the recordings of Yield.
I had wanted to play drums since the age of 9 when I saw a drum set in the window of a music store for the first time. We took lessons at a local music school and began playing together after about 6-9 months of lessons.
I began the process of recording myself seriously in the fall of 1999. If I could finish an album of my own music, I would. Five years later I am happy to say I have.
I became unsure about the future, in terms of my career. I was living in a remote location contemplating other kinds of work, not only in music.
In January of 1995, my family and I moved to Seattle. Pearl Jam did the first of their live radio broadcasts, Monkey Wrench Radio, along with many other Seattle musicians.
We got a chance to go and play in some places that the usual European tour by an American band didn't go to.
Yield was completed in 1997 and released in 1998. In the spring of 1997, I had made a decision to stop taking medications that I had been taking daily since 1988.
We had a song called Reach Out that almost got us to the next level. During that time my wife and I made a decision to leave Los Angeles.
We were playing a small club in San Diego and the power had gone out in the building. Eddie had a lighter and kept us lit backstage. We became very good friends and spent a lot of time together including hearing Eddie sing in some of the bands he was in at the time.
I remember wearing overcoats, hiding in the bushes outside of Abbey Road Studios, waiting for the traffic to clear. As it did, we would drop our overcoats and run out on to the cross walk and strike our poses.
It was a difficult road for What Is This. Their business did not come easy. Eventually, the lack of success forced different directions.
It was about this time that I began experiencing the beginnings of my battles with an anxiety disorder. We were touring a lot and there were some developing personal problems within the band.